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Prof. Jessie Munton (Cambridge)

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 03:00pm - 05:00pm

Jessie Munton (University of Cambridge) "Seeing things as they are is seeing things as they could be”

ABSTRACT:

What is it to see something as an object? What changes when you switch between seeing something as object and seeing it as ground in bi-stable representations? I offer a novel account of visual objects as bundles of modal properties. I argue that modal property perception of the right kind is constitutive of visual object perception. A significant upshot of this approach is that our visual experience represents not just the actual but also the possible: we can see a range of modal properties, and doing so is an essential part of object perception. I argue that the claim we can see modal properties is made plausible by a range of other evidence in vision science and consider some sources of resistance to it.

Location Philosophy Dept. Seminar Room + Zoom
Reception to follow